Previously bought the F5, which was a great bat (especially) for the price. Decided to spend a little more for the next bat and went with the CAT8. While the F5 definitely has good pop, the CAT8 seems to just a bit more. Where this has seemed to translate is in actual games where my son seems to be generating more pop on balls to the gaps. Also, from what I've seen, my son is getting less sting from this bat that the F5 when it's not squared up off the barrell. In summary, the F5 was a great bat (especially for the price), but the CAT8 seems to be worth the additional price. For what it's worth we've had nothing but great reviews for Marucci.
For the last 3 yrs we have watched kids hit with bats and have looked at reviews and have bought and played with Combat Vigor, Rawlings Velo, and Adidas Aeroburner Alloy. My son loves all of these with the Aeroburner being the hottest...until now. The Cat 8 is a solid notch better and my sin smiles ear to ear. He is 12 and a leadoff contact hitter of thinner size with a great swing. This bat hit on the sweet spot smokes the ball. Low vibration to hands. Great bat. We bought 30/20 size. Worth the price. This is the priciest bat we have purchased but priced better than other brands.
So, I am not one to spend much time on a computer, but I do feel that I owe the Dad's out there who are looking for the right bat that enhances your son's ability to reach his top performance. Well Dads, search no further....this is the bat that will take your son to the next level. We have been Marucci loyalists for the past 3 years. We have put away the Eastons, and the Louisvilles since he started swinging his 18/28 Hex Alloy bat thru his 8U, 9U, and 10U seasons (Great Bat!). Just last weekend, we took it out to the ballpark to hit balls to see if he can put it over the outfield fence. He was line driving them, but either one hop or two hops into the fence. Well, it was now time for a new bat to kick off the 11U season.I read the reviews on Just Bats...and ordered the 19/29 Cat 8. Ordered it and we hit the field this Saturday morning. I pitched first two pitches, both one-hop over the fence. The third - he went YARD!!!! We have officially retired his Hex Alloy.
Got a 29/19 drop 10 Cat 8 alloy for the grandson. Used first day in travel ball practice. Good pop and distance right out of the wrapper. No complaints of any sting. All the kids like the look and results. Buy it!
We just received the -10 2019 cat 8 this week. We actually bought a lizard skin grip for it. That will not be needed to be honest right now. The grip is extra tacky and perfect for my 9 year old hitter. His team currently uses poseys and cat 7s religiously. The bat sounds like it had just the extra pop that he has wanted. Watching him swing it over and over and hit after hit it seems to be the better version of the cat 7. He claims to have less vibration compared to the 7. We are about 100-125 pitches in on it so far and not 1 dent so far. This weekend will be the true test for the upcoming tournaments. He was switching from the cat 7 to the Rawlings quatro composite. He has since dropped the quatro and has focused on hitting with this bat exclusively. Great bat and great price that doesn't disappoint.